One of the main priorities of Florida Bar President Michael Higer for his term is increasing awareness of mental health issues and improving the mental well-being of lawyers. As a part of that initiative, The Florida Bar News introduced a new series on mindfulness aimed at educating lawyers on the issue and on how to practice mindfulness themselves.
“Lawyers, judges and law students are faced with an increasingly competitive and stressful profession. Studies show that substance use, addiction and mental disorders, including depression and thoughts of suicide—often unrecognized—are at shockingly high rates. As a consequence the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-being, under the aegis of CoLAP (the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance programs) has been formed to promote nationwide awareness, recognition and treatment. This Task Force deserves the strong support of every lawyer and bar association.
” David R Brink* Past President American Bar Association
This week, FloridaBarNews.TV highlights The Florida Bar’s efforts to improve the work/life balance of attorneys and how the Young Lawyers Division is preparing to distribute a comprehensive mental health survey.
This week, FloridaBarNews.TV highlights The Florida Bar partnering with the Young Lawyers Division to designate the month of May as “Health and Wellness Month” for Florida lawyers. This comes on the heels of a year when the Bar has had an unprecedented level of focus and commitment to health and wellness issues. The Bar will be promoting content related to the topic all month on every aspect of its social media, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube using the hashtag #WellLawyer. The Florida Bar has dedicated resources to health and wellness on its website at www.floridabar.org/member/healthandwellnesscenter. The YLD has a specific health and wellness page at www.flayld.org/health-wellness-month. This marks the fourth year in a row the YLD has designated May its “Health and Wellness Month.”
This week, FloridaBarNews.TV highlights a recent Town Hall discussion focusing on the mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers. Florida State University Law Prof. Larry Krieger, who has spent a generation teaching and researching lawyer satisfaction, was the speaker Feb. 20, 2018, at the first of The Florida Bar’s Town Hall meetings addressing the health and wellness of lawyers and getting feedback on what the Bar can do to help its members achieve more personal satisfaction. With a mixed crowd of law students and lawyers on hand in the rotunda of the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Bar President Michael Higer repeated the sobering statistics about attorney mental afflictions and Krieger discussed the findings from his and others’ research.
This week, FloridaBarNews.TV highlights recent discussions by The Florida Bar's Special Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers that centered around the need for a 24/7 hotline for Bar members and a way to remove any stigma from lawyers, judges, and law students seeking mental health services.
This week, FloridaBarNews.TV takes a closer look at The Florida Bar's new Special Committee on Mental Health and Wellness for Florida Lawyers. Chaired by Florida Bar Board of Governors member Dori Foster-Morales, one of the goals of the committee is to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues, so Florida lawyers feel comfortable addressing their personal or professional struggles.
This week, FloridaBarNews.TV takes a look at a new report from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being titled “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.” The 72-page report released August 14 .... — outlines recommendations for taking action.
FloridaBarNews.TV spotlights how the practice of mindfulness has become increasingly popular across society and within the law
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